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Robert Lloyd

Columnist

Robert Lloyd has been a Los Angeles Times television critic since 2003. Previously, he held that position at L.A. Weekly, whose music editor and critic he also was for some years, and was the author of the Today column at the late Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. His oral history of “Freaks & Geeks” appeared in the January 2013 issue of Vanity Fair. Sometimes, usually after dark, he masquerades as a musician (credits available on request).

Recent Articles

  • 'Sharknado 3' tosses all standards overboard and sinks anyway

    'Sharknado 3' tosses all standards overboard and sinks anyway

    Having now watched "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!," which premieres Wednesday on Syfy, I find myself in the position of having to write about it. And I am not sure which is worse, really, or even how to proceed — what standards to hold it to when an utter lack of standards is its raison d'etre.

  • TV Picks: 'Pig Goat Banana Cricket'

    TV Picks: 'Pig Goat Banana Cricket'

    "Pig Goat Banana Cricket" (Nickelodeon, Saturdays). Cartoons are by nature art-historical, every shape, squiggle and way of rendering an eye or nose or arm, every method of relating background to foreground, of framing a shot having its precedents and referents in succeeding ages of symbolic invention...

  • Death, cancer and love: How comedian Tig Notaro made it through a series of life-altering events

    Death, cancer and love: How comedian Tig Notaro made it through a series of life-altering events

    A couple of weeks back, in the July 3 edition of The Times Sunday Calendar, I wrote about and spoke with the brilliant comedian Tig Notaro, the subject of a new documentary, "Tig," that has just premiered on Netflix. (You can read Mary McNamara's review here.) Directed by Kristina Goolsby and Ashley...

  • Dennis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' shows some promise

    Dennis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' shows some promise

    Denis Leary has a new show, "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," in which he stars, and which he created and writes and on at least one occasion directs. It premieres Thursday on FX, previously the home of Leary's fine firehouse dramedy "Rescue Me"; as the borrowed title indicates — here's another quarter in...

  • 'The Jim Gaffigan Show' a humane, human comedy, fun and funny

    'The Jim Gaffigan Show' a humane, human comedy, fun and funny

    Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a new sitcom, reasonably titled "The Jim Gaffigan Show." Premiering Wednesday on TV Land alongside the identity-theft comedy "Impastor," it cements that network's transition from a producer of old-fashioned three-camera comedies built around actors who have aged out of...

  • TV Picks: 'Mutt & Stuff,' 'Ray Donovan,' 'Web Junkie,' 'Blackout'

    TV Picks: 'Mutt & Stuff,' 'Ray Donovan,' 'Web Junkie,' 'Blackout'

    "Mutt & Stuff" (Nickelodeon, Fridays). Sid and Marty Krofft, who ruled Saturday mornings in the 1970s and a little bit beyond with their enchanted lands full of crazy puppets and fuzzy, furry, feathery, felted, big-headed costumed creatures, are back. And don't tell me you didn't think they were...

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